As generation X and the baby boomer generation watch their parents and grandparents age poorly, we are demanding alternatives to crisis-driven interventions, or “sick care.” Instead, people are becoming proactive about their health. We want geniune “health care” that increases our resilience to the stresses of modern life. What was once considered alternative, such as yoga, massage, dietary supplements, and chiropractic, has now become mainstream. Chiropractic was instrumental in fueling this wellness revolution and continues to serve as a driving force behind it.
The chiropractic approach to health development is based on the following principles:
- The body is blessed with an innate healing force or intelligence that strives toward balance.
- The body functions – and must be cared for – as an integrated unit, not a collection of parts.
- Integrity of the spine and nervous system play a vital role in health.
- Safe, conservative, gentle healing approaches should be used first – before risky interventions.
Doctors of chiropractic know that dysfunction in the nervous system can affect the integrity of the whole body. This is why chiropractors are considered whole-body wellness providers. By focusing on improving the function of the spine and nervous system, chiropractors have chosen a powerful method to enhance healing. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said more than 2000 years ago:
“Humans are created to be healthy as long as they are whole: body, mind, spirit. People are characterized by self-healing properties that come from within – an innate healing force. Perfect health and harmony is the normal state for all life.” ~ Hippocrates, 400 BC
Did you get that? Humans are created to be healthy. Do you have a health care provider who believes that your body can get closer to normal function, without drugs or surgery? Add a doctor of chiropractic to your health care team!
About the author: Dr. Barbara Kaiser, DC, CCWP, is a wellness-certified chiropractor at Vital Life Chiropractic in Eagan, Minnesota.